How Much Does the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar Weigh?

Recipients of the Academy Award, commonly known as the Oscar, always seem to be surprised at its weight.

The Oscar was designed in 1928 by Cedric Gibbons (1893-1960), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s chief art director.

The statuette depicts a knight standing on a reel of film and holding a crusader sword.

Originally, Oscar was made of gold-plated bronze.

Today the base of the twenty-four-karat gold-plated britannium statuette is black marble.

Oscar is 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds.